Brookhaven Retreat’s staff met August 22, 2012 at the Ruby Tuesday Lodge in Maryville, Tenn. for their first day of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training with Behavioral Tech, LLC. RT Lodge provided a rustic atmosphere along with excellent service and food that made training that much better during our 3 days there.Our instructors were Suzanne Witterholt, M.D. and Gwen Abney-Cunningham.
For the first day of training the main focus was giving an overview of DBT. By understanding how the treatment was created as well as the basic principles of how it is structured provided Brookhaven Retreat’s staff the knowledge needed to understand the therapy. It is only after the staff has an understanding of DBT can they begin to learn how to implement the therapy into treatment. The final part of the day was spent going over DBT Problem-solving strategies. These strategies allowed the members of Brookhaven Retreat’s staff to identify a behavior that needed to be addressed and the different types of problem solving techniques that could be used to help during the therapy